Guide to U.S. Health and Health Care Policy provides the analytical connections showing students how issues and actions are translated into public policies and institutions for resolving or managing healthcare issues and crises, such as the recent attempt to reform the national healthcare system. The Guide highlights the decision-making cycle that requires the cooperation of government, business, and an informed citizenry in order to achieve a comprehensive approach to advancing the nation's healthcare policies. Through 30 topical, operational, and relational essays, the book addresses the development of the U.S. healthcare system and policies, the federal agencies and public and private organizations that frame and administer those policies, and the challenges of balancing the nation's healthcare needs with the rising costs of medical research, cost-effective treatment, and adequate health insurance.

Key Features: 30 topical essays investigate the fundamental political, social, economic, and procedural initiatives that drive health and health care policy decisions affecting Americans at the local, regional, and national levels.; Essential themes traced throughout the chapters include providing access to healthcare, national and international intervention, nutrition and health, human and financial resource allocation, freedom of religion versus public policy, discrimination and healthcare policy, universal healthcare coverage, private healthcare versus publicly funded healthcare, and the immediate and long-term costs associated with disease prevention, treatment, and health maintenance.; A Glossary of Key Healthcare Policy Terms and Events, a Selected Master Bibliography, and a thorough Index are included.

This must-have reference for political science and public policy students who seek to understand the issues affecting health care policy in the U.S. is suitable for academic, public, high school, government, and professional libraries.

Mental Health and Social Policy (1960s–Present)
Mental health and social policy (1960s–present)
David A.Rochefort

The tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012, sharply heightened interest in the state of the nation's mental health system. Four days after the horrific event, a reporter for the WestHartford News wrote: “The magnitude of the slaughter of children in Newtown and the teachers who tried to help them may be the turning point in a national discussion on access to mental health treatment.”1 One mother of a troubled thirteen-year-old boy in Idaho wrote a blog entry titled “I am Adam Lanza's Mother,” in which she drew an analogy between her distraught situation and that of the Newtown shooter's mother.2 The posting went viral. Meanwhile, in the realm of public ...

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